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Jingyi Wang: SOFT STING


Opening Reception: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6 – 8 PM
178 Bleecker Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012

Curator: Lan Zhang


Nexus, 2019, Oil on panel, 14 x 11 inches (61 x 28 cm)

Sojourner Gallery is pleased to announce Soft Sting, a solo exhibition of New York-based artist Jingyi Wang, featuring her newest body of paintings completed over the last year.


Being observant and perceptive, Jingyi Wang combines her solid sketching skills and imagination to form a new kind of figurative-realistic painting. In the past few years, Wang had experiences creating paintings with the cactus as the main subject. In this series, Wang intends to present audiences the dissonance between the fragile and acute. Wang’ s playful friend, Nexus, is excited to present our viewers her bond with the cactus. Although being restrained with a cactus, Nexus is searching for a alternative procedure to deal with her problem rather than panicking.The rich and saturated colors that Wang uses in this series expresses her attitude towards facing the struggles in life. Wang believes that humans can establish a harmonized relationship when exposed to critical situations, just like the connection between soft objects and the cactus. Under the detailed and strict stylized realism, she can reveal an innermost truth unachieved in objective painting. The unique surrealist paintin  techniques can be captured in her creation style- she combines the reality, instinct, and the subconscious.


Curated by Lan Zhang, the exhibition will be on view from October 24 to November 17, 2019, with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct 24, 6 – 8 pm. Please join us in celebrating Jingyi Wang’s solo exhibition. 


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Jingyi Wang (Chinese, b. 1989) is a visual artist who specializes in oil painting. She received her BFA degree in oil painting from China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2013, received her MFA degree from New York Academy of Art in 2016. She was awarded for an artist residency at the Terra Foundation of American Art in Giverny, France. Her works had been widely exhibited at Art New York 2017, Sotheby’s New York, the Metropolitan Pavilion, Portraits Inc., Jacob K. Javits Center, Amerasia Bank Gallery, Panepinto Galleries, X gallery etc. Her art works are widely published at art magazines such as Acrylicworks5 magazine, Creativepaper magazine, Art-Maze Mag magazine, Studio Visit magazine, Her works were reported by Major Medias such as
The China Press, Sing Tao daily Newspaper, World Journal and she had a one on one interview by SinoVision English Channel in 2017. Wang's first solo exhibition titled "The Growing" was opened at the Amerasia Bank Gallery in New York in 2017. She opened another solo exhibition “My Loneliness is a Garden” at Art Lines Gallery in New Jersey in 2018. 


Lan Zhang, an independent art curator based in NYC, got her BA Degree of fashion design in Suzhou Silk Engineering Institute, China, then a Master’s Degree in Art from University of Missouri, USA. Lan also known as 纽约蓝蓝, is a well-known blogger at Sina. Her articles were published in a number of major Chinese media both in China and USA. She is a member of American Chinese Writer Association. She has curated numerous art exhibitions and art events, including :” Wandering in Crossroad-Qian WU’s Recent Artwork” at Elga Wimmer Gallery 2019; “Breath in Dream-Xu Jin’s Solo Exhibition” at Grady Alexis Gallery New York 2018; “Grey Zone-Chinese Contemporary Ink Art Exhibition” at Flushing Town Hall New York 2018; “Breaking the Cacoon” group exhibition at Grady Alexis Gallery New York 2017; “Dawn” exhibition of 7 artistes at 456 Gallery in New York 2017. “Close to Reality” art events in New York 2017, “Multifaceted” New York Contemporary Art Exhibition at Riverside gallery 2017. She also wrote many art critics about some important contemporary Chinese artists in recent years. She was the guest speaker at “Artist Talk” regarding Sheng Jingdong's artwork holding by White Box gallery in New York 2016.


Sojourner Gallery is a multi-functional experiential space built for creativity and imagination in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York.

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